Chairman Pip's Railway Thoughts

On the road to…Arsenal

Posted in London, On the road..., Other general stuff about railways by Chairman Pip on 23 January 2013

One of the joys of supporting a London club is the presence in our nation’s capital of so many Premier and Football League clubs, which brings about a significant number of derbies. There are six London clubs in the 2012-13 Premier League, so out of a total of 760 games to be played, 60 of them (or nearly 8%) will be London derbies. All of this means that there are many opportunities for the gaining of bragging rights for me this season. Which takes me to derby number seven so far, and the scene of yet another memorable away day trip as I make the relatively short journey to Arsenal.

Date: 23rd January 2013
Stadium: Emirates Stadium
Capacity: 60,432
Attendance: 60,081
Away Section: Clock End
Score: Arsenal 5-1 West Ham United
Nearest station: Holloway Road, Drayton Park or Arsenal
Local rozzers: Metropolitan Police
Total Travel Cost: N/A – Zone 1-2 Travelcard

Rail journeys:
Piccadilly LineEarls Court to Arsenal (1973 Stock)
21:47 – Highbury & Islington to Dalston Junction (London Overground Class 378 Capitalstar)
21:55 – Dalston Junction to New Cross Gate (London Overground Class 378 Capitalstar)

Station to Stadium: The Emirates Stadium is located on Drayton Park on a triangular piece of land with a railway station and two tube stations forming the three points. However, the eponymous Drayton Park is not open on match days, while Holloway Road has severe restrictions on it, which means that the closest is Arsenal tube station, which is literally a hop, skip and jump away from the ground – exit the station and simply turn right, and then left, following the road around, until you reach Highbury House, which contains the club offices, then up and over the bridge across the Northern City Line where you find yourself on the plaza outside the stadium.

Unlike many stadia, getting away does not necessarily involve going to the same station, which is useful for me. Rather than going back the way you came to Arsenal, go in thesame direction as you came, following Drayton Park (past the railway station), until you come to the Holloway Road, and then turn left, walking right down to the end until you get to Highbury & Islington station.

Anything else?: Gillespie Road tube station opened in 1906. Following a campaign by then manager Herbert Chapman, in 1932 Gillespie Road was renamed as Arsenal, making it the only underground station named for a football club.

Arsenal tube station

Highbury & Islington railway station

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